Because I don’t believe the Grammys are a big deal whatsoever, I didn’t pay much attention to the “snubs” and “surprises” within this year’s nominations. I mean, didn’t we all know that Beyonce and Adele were going to sweep through most of the major categories? Sure, there were notable snubs for Drake, the late David Bowie, Justin Timberlake (hahaha, his stupid/awful “Can’t Stop the Feeling” didn’t get nominated in any major category) and Frank Ocean (although Ocean’s snubs are very complicated). But basically, we knew what we were getting: a diva showdown. But here’s something I didn’t realize: Beyonce submitted her collaboration with the Dixie Chicks, “Daddy Lessons,” in the Country categories. And she got snubbed.
Better luck next time, Bey. Beyoncé’s hit “Daddy Lessons” was rejected by the Grammy Recording Academy’s country music committee despite the fact that she performed the song with the Dixie Chicks — to great acclaim from fans, and controversy from racist corners — at the CMA Awards earlier this year. On Wednesday, December 7, a source familiar with the Grammy nomination process told The Associated Press that even though Queen Bey, 35, had submitted the twangy song for the category, it was summarily rejected.
In November, Beyoncé surprised fans and caused a minor stir when she appeared onstage at the CMAs alongside the Dixie Chicks to deliver a rousing rendition of “Daddy Lessons.”
At the time, country artists like Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley defended Beyoncé against naysayers who claimed the Lemonade singer didn’t belong at the show. (Fans upset with the decision to include Beyoncé tweeted racist and inappropriate comments bemoaning the artist’s appearance.) “People that criticize can kiss my a–,” Shelton told Entertainment Tonight days prior to the awards show. “That’s what I say. I can’t believe people that don’t contribute to music that criticize music, it just blows my mind and Beyoncé — tell them to kiss that a–, is what I would do.”
Beyoncé’s other genre-bending songs received nominations in categories ranging from rock performance for “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (with Jack White) to rap/sung performance for “Freedom” (with Kendrick Lamar.) She received a total of nine nominations Tuesday, and her multi-genre nominations makes her the first artist to earn nominations in the rock, pop, R&B and rap categories in the same year. Additionally, Beyoncé nabbed a nod for the coveted Album of the Year award, where she is up against artists as far-ranging as Justin Bieber for Purpose, Adele for 25, Drake for Views and country artist Sturgill Simpson for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Her nine nominations makes her the most nominated female singer in Grammy history, with 62 nominations over the years.
Personally, I loved the Dixie Chicks-Beyonce collab, and their live CMA performance made me flat-out love the song. I wonder why the Grammys rejected it, hmmmmm??? Because it was VERY “country.” Incidentally, I’ve seen a few people bitching about Bey’s nominations in Rock categories for “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” You guys, “Don’t Hurt Yourself” is one of the best songs on Lemonade, and yes, it is a rock song. Jack White kills it on that song. It’s amazing.
Meanwhile, did you hear about Rihanna’s not-so-subtle shade for Beyonce? Rihanna “liked” some major Bey-Grammy shade on Instagram, then Rihanna had to comment that she did not intend to shade Bey at all. The whole thing was about “Rihanna should have gotten more Grammy nominations for her album,” although… once again, didn’t we always know it was going to be between Bey and Adele?